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    Max
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    Review: Heat 2, Texas 2018: S.Little

    I am late writing this review. After getting back from a six day class, work was and has been super busy!

    Background: I attended what is formerly known as Combat Rifle Skills and Combat Team Tactics last year at Brady, Texas.  I was amazed at how much we were able to go through, and retain day to day, and then roll right into the next drill without a hitch.  So as soon as the Texas 2018 Heat 2 class went up last year I was hitting the “take my money” button as fast as I could!

    Leading up to Texas: Heat 2 in 2018 I was (still am) doing a lot of PT, I didn’t want to be the guy sucking wind and not able to keep up.  I will admit though, I was still a little nervous before the class date….wondering had I done enough, had I pushed hard enough?  Would I remember the drills from last year?  Like a lot of guys, with work, family, and a myriad of other responsibilities…getting time to practice is hard.  Heat 2 started off with a review of the basic bounding, peeling, and patrol formations that we went over in CTT last year.  We were able to roll right into the drills like we hadn’t missed a beat!  A true testament to the training that Max provides! We were introduced to a 6 man arrowhead patrol and several other patrol formations, along with move & fire forward bounds, whereas last year we only did a cover fire after our bound and we were set for the next buddy pair to bound forward.  Max had a theme for us this year and introduced us to a Rhodesian cover shoot concept, which was very interesting, and really hit home on that one of the hardest things to do is to locate the enemy!  We also had a daylight and night time reconnaissance that was a lot of fun!  We had to set up an ORP in an area where we could view the OPFOR that was guarding the lodge we were staying at.  We sent out satellite patrols to see what other kind of information we could gather on the force and possible hostage situation.  Once it turned dark we split up into 3 two man teams and tried to penetrate into the compound area in a clover leaf pattern to see how far we could get in and what other types of info we could gather.  It was a great learning experience!

    Ambush day was a lot of fun, I don’t know how many iterations we did, but they were all different each time and most everyone got a chance to get experience leading an ambush.  The last iteration was interesting as Max pulled out some tricks, with the pop up targets popping up again as a counterattack and our squad taking a casualty.  The casualty had to self-treat as best as possible while the squad went to work trying to win the fight.  Once the enemy were suppressed, part of the squad was able to get the casualty to an EVAC area while the rest of the squad followed up.  I will say this, PT is essential!  I can’t imagine how much SUCK it would have been had I not been doing PT!  Raid day was very interesting with employing a support by fire team and having them shift fire as we were assaulting through!  Somewhere in here we had an evening that Max and my roommate Wheelsee put on a TC3 class that was superb!

    The last couple of days were CQB and partly Force on Force. The House of Woe was an eye opener, never having cleared a house before by myself or with a buddy or a team……wow!  You need to do it, it will really get you thinking about angles, which as a land surveyor I can understand, but in a house with possible occupants wanting to harm you….it’s a whole different game!  You really have to think your way through.  Getting to use UTM ammo and the rifle that you train with, I can’t tell you how much that brings it all together!  That was a great learning experience, I did die several times, and each time Max was able to go over what we did wrong (usually not enough suppressive fire!!!) and each time we would get a little better! Max has a way of getting you to understand and see what you did wrong and how to fix it that is very admirable! Getting to use the tactics we had learned against live opponents, in my opinion is one of the best learning experiences you can have!  It will show you where you are at and what you don’t know yet!  Without having to pay the ultimate price….  I also have to say that the group of guys I was with were an excellent group of guys and family men to train with!  No egos, no BS, eager to help, eager to learn, it made the experience all the more better.  By the way, I’m already signed up for Texas 2019!  Get out there, get busy, train, do PT and take a class you won’t regret it!

    ~ S.Little – South Texas

    TEXAS 2019

    #57999
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    wheelsee
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    :good:

    Excellent summary Brushpopper!!

    For those who haven’t been, it is a testament to the quality of Max’s teaching that we go back, again and again. There is NEVER enough training. We soak up what we can each time, go home and digest. And return for more training……the reason (for me)?? Each time I am learning something new, even though the basics are the same. You learn about nuances you hadn’t even thought of when just trying to get the basic down.

    This year was Rhodesia – if you don’t know about it, LEARN!! (use the forum search function for Rhodesia, there are multiple threads). It is a “fast-forward” movie of what is happening right now in the US.

    Which is heavier - a soldier's pack or a slave's chains? Napoleon

    Strength, Honor. Maximus (Gladiator)

    If you tolerate evil, you yourself are evil.
    Col Hugo Martinez, Commander Search Bloc

    William, in The Republic - CRS/CTT 2017, HEAT 2/CQB/FonF 2018, DCH 2018

    #58011
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    Brushpopper
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    @wheelsee Thank you sir!

    ~ Little - South Texas

    #58028
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    shooter
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    …This year was Rhodesia – if you don’t know about it, LEARN!! (use the forum search function for Rhodesia, there are multiple threads). It is a “fast-forward” movie of what is happening right now in the US.

    GREAT REVIEW, Brushpopper!

    Regarding Rhodessia – I have always been fascinated by the Rhodesian War. Partly because I remembering reading about it in Soldier of Fortune magazine as a little kid, as it was happening. I think the fact that SOF was the only “media” giving the Rhodesians a fair shake kinda stuck in my mind and shook my faith in the system at a very early age.

    Anyway, I thought the Rhodesia theme here was VERY cool, and actually quite applicable to us Texas folks, since terrain and climate of Texas is not too far off from Rhodesia… not to mention the political climate seeming to lean that direction lately.

    …Sort of sidetracking here, but Rhodesia is interesting for me in my present time and place (15 miles or so from Mexico) since about 90% of what the U.S. Border Patrol does every day is based on practices and lessons learned by the Rhodesians. Current BP tracking, use of stop groups, etc, is literally based on Rhodesian Light Infantry TTP’s… minus the 20mm cannons in the “K-Cars”, and shooting the sh*t out of the invaders when they are located.

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    We are all victims of our perspective.

    #58032
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    dave37
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    On a related note, Rhodesian Short Shorts are back in stock at Fireforce Ventures. :good:

    https://www.fireforceventures.com/store/rhodesian-brushstroke-short-shorts

    Texas CTT/Mobility 2017, Missouri 1 Day CQB 2017, Texas HEAT 2 2018

    #58037
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    shooter
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    dave37, here’s what you need – Police Anti Terrorist Unit –

    https://www.fireforceventures.com/store/rhodesian-patu-tactical-patch

    …..for those homeless camps.

    :good:

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    We are all victims of our perspective.

    #58091
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    Brushpopper
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    May have to get me some of them shorty shorts for next year, better work on my tan though! B-)

    ~ Little - South Texas

    #58095
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    Darkrivers
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    If ya’ll start running around in those shorts I’m outta there! :negative:

    If you're gonna fight, fight like you're the 3rd monkey on the ramp to Noah's Ark... And Brother, it's starting to rain! James from Texas

    #58096
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    shooter
    Participant

    Shorts are like skivvies for everybody except girls and Africans… You won’t see my pasty white legs shining in the sun!!
    :negative:

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    We are all victims of our perspective.

    #58100
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    dave37
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    Oh, I’m wearing the shorts. Best believe that, homie.

    Texas CTT/Mobility 2017, Missouri 1 Day CQB 2017, Texas HEAT 2 2018

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